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Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

Burien City Council hears raucous protest over its ‘trespass’ ordinances Monday

It was a noisy and unusual Monday night (Feb. 23), as the Burien’s City Council heard loud arguments and heated discussions over a piece of legislation opponents say makes homelessness a crime in the city…

Protest against Burien’s ‘Trespass’ ordinance will be tonight at City Hall

Protest against Burien’s ‘Trespass’ ordinance will be tonight at City Hall

Page 1 of a draft of Ordinance 621, a revision of Burien’s controversial “Body Odor” trespass ordinance. A protest against the city’s Ordinance #606 (now #621), which affects homeless... [Read more]

Think Global, Act Local – noted Israeli Peace activist to speak Saturday

Think Global, Act Local – noted Israeli Peace activist to speak Saturday

Nitsan Joy Gordon has been working for over 20 years toward peace in the Middle East through her unique program called “Together Beyond Words,” which will be presented at St. Luke’s... [Read more]

Longtime member Susan Goding resigns from Highline School Board

Longtime member Susan Goding resigns from Highline School Board

At Wednesday night’s Board meeting, longtime member Susan Goding resigned from the Highline School Board, effective after the March 4 meeting. “I had made the decision late last year and told... [Read more]

Two Burien projects up for water quality grants from Department of Ecology

Two Burien projects up for water quality grants from Department of Ecology

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Program administers four major funding programs under the Integrated Water Quality Financial Assistance Program through an annual funding cycle,... [Read more]

Learn about plans for future of Sea-Tac Airport at public meeting on March 4

Learn about plans for future of Sea-Tac Airport at public meeting on March 4

The public is invited to come learn about plans for the future of Sea-Tac Airport on Wednesday, March 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mount Rainier High School, located at 22450 19th Ave. S. in Des Moines. At this... [Read more]

POLL: Should school bonds be passed by a simple majority or not?

POLL: Should school bonds be passed by a simple majority or not?

Rep. Mia Gregerson, who also serves as the appointed Mayor of SeaTac, released a statement this week endorsing a simple majority for school bonds. Currently, a supermajority of 60 percent is required... [Read more]

Three cities team up to offer college scholarships to local High School Seniors

Three cities team up to offer college scholarships to local High School Seniors

The Cities of Burien, Normandy Park and Seatac are seeking applications from high school seniors for the Association of Washington Cities’ Center for Quality Communities Scholarship program. Six $1,250... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Levy will pass, Bond not so much

ELECTION RESULTS 2: Levy will pass, Bond not so much

The second round of results for Tuesday’s special election were released Wednesday (Feb. 11), with the Levy passing with nearly 57 percent, but the Bond – which requires a 60 percent supermajority... [Read more]

ELECTION RESULTS: Highline Public Schools Levy passing, Bond failing

ELECTION RESULTS: Highline Public Schools Levy passing, Bond failing

The first round of results for Tuesday’s (Feb. 10) Special Election were released at 8:04 p.m., and the early tallies show that the Highline School District Levy is passing with a 57.47% approval, while... [Read more]

REMINDER: Ballots are due Tuesday!

REMINDER: Ballots are due Tuesday!

Have YOU voted on the school levy/bond yet? Ballots are due Tuesday, Feb. 10, and can be dropped off locally at a ballot box near Burien City Hall/Town Square on the corner of SW 152nd Street and 5th Place... [Read more]

Sponsored Post Our latest Advertiser Highline Citizens for Schools says ‘Vote YES by Feb. 10′

Our latest Advertiser Highline Citizens for Schools says ‘Vote YES by Feb. 10′

Our latest paid Advertiser Highline Citizens for Schools says “Vote YES for Schools by February 10″: Ballots must be mailed by Tuesday to count in the February 10 election. Vote YES for on... [Read more]

Metro Transit seeking public input to help draft long-range planning

Metro Transit seeking public input to help draft long-range planning

King County Metro Transit is seeking public input as it launches an intensive long-range planning effort that will help determine what regional transit service will look like in 25 years. With the region’s... [Read more]

Burien dogs bark their thanks, give $15,000 to city at council meeting

Burien dogs bark their thanks, give $15,000 to city at council meeting

Photo courtesy City of Burien. by Jack Mayne The Burien City Council went to the dogs again Monday night (Feb. 2) when Kellie Bassen, chair of the B-Town Dog Owners Group (D.O.G.) gave the city a $15,000... [Read more]

City of Burien opens nomination process for ‘Citizen of the Year’ award

City of Burien opens nomination process for ‘Citizen of the Year’ award

The City of Burien on Monday opened the nomination process for its annual ‘Citizen of the Year’ award, and they’re seeking worthy candidates. “Heroes often go unnoticed and are... [Read more]

Some upset about Cherry Tree removal due to City Light substation cleanup

Some upset about Cherry Tree removal due to City Light substation cleanup

  Story & Photos by Scott Schaefer Some Burien residents are upset that an ornamental Cherry Tree located at the corner of Ambaum Blvd. SW and SW 144th Street will be removed soon, due... [Read more]

Numerous anti-school bond signs defaced, tampered with overnight

Numerous anti-school bond signs defaced, tampered with overnight

Seems that just before every election, political signs get defaced, removed or destroyed – and that’s just what happened overnight Tuesday (Jan. 27), as numerous anti-school bond signs were tampered... [Read more]

City Council chooses getting, keeping business as top economic goal for 2015

City Council chooses getting, keeping business as top economic goal for 2015

by Jack Mayne In one of the shorter meetings of recent past, the Burien City Council decided at Monday’s (Jan. 26) study session that getting and keeping businesses in the city is the most important... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Rats, Feces and Mold, oh my!’

LETTER: ‘Rats, Feces and Mold, oh my!’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Rats, Feces and Mold, oh my! If the Evergreen... [Read more]

Highline Schools holding Telephone Town Hall & Public Meeting this week

Highline Schools holding Telephone Town Hall & Public Meeting this week

This week, Highline Public Schools will be hosting two community meetings about the bond and levy measures on the February ballot – a Telephone Town Hall on Tuesday and a Public Meeting on Thursday. All... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident critiques the Burien City Council’s recent retreat

LETTER: Resident critiques the Burien City Council’s recent retreat

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Letter to the Editor: The Burien City... [Read more]

The Burien City Council will be going to the dogs – again – on Monday, Feb. 2

The Burien City Council will be going to the dogs – again – on Monday, Feb. 2

The Burien City Council is going to the dogs once again – this time on Monday, Feb. 2. A few years ago (read our previous coverage here), city lawmakers were hounded by several dogs and their owners... [Read more]

AUDIO: Raw audio of Thursday night’s Highline Public Schools’ Town Hall

AUDIO: Raw audio of Thursday night’s Highline Public Schools’ Town Hall

Below is raw audio of Thursday night’s (Jan. 22) Highline Public Schools’ Town Hall meeting, held from 6- 7:30 p.m. at the Highline High School Library. Between 50-60 people were in attendance... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Where will the money come from?’

LETTER: ‘Where will the money come from?’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM? It is... [Read more]

Burien and Metro plan Route 139 replacement shuttle, seek comments

Burien and Metro plan Route 139 replacement shuttle, seek comments

Metro Transit is working with the City of Burien on an alternative service to replace the parts of Bus Route 139 –which was cut last September (read our previous coverage here) – that were used the... [Read more]

Burien City Council holding ‘Strategic Planning Retreat’ this Saturday, Jan. 24

Burien City Council holding ‘Strategic Planning Retreat’ this Saturday, Jan. 24

The Burien City Council will be attending a Strategic Planning Retreat this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Shorewood Room at the Burien Community Center. The community center... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Who should be held in Contempt?’

LETTER: ‘Who should be held in Contempt?’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Who should be held in Contempt? How does... [Read more]

REMINDER: Highline Public Schools Town Hall Meeting will be Thurs., Jan. 22

REMINDER: Highline Public Schools Town Hall Meeting will be Thurs., Jan. 22

Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield and School Board members will be on hand Thursday, Jan. 22 for an open public dialog about the levy and bond measures…